‘Round & Around’, Reinier Asmoredjo, Readytex Art Gallery

November 20, 2016 at 9:15 pm (Exposed, What's Up Suriname?) (, , , , )

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What: Round & Around, solo exhibition Reinier Asmoredjo

When: Friday November 18 thru Saturday 26, 2016. Opening hours: Monday thru Friday from 8:00am-4:30pm and on Saturday from 8:30am-1:30pm. Extra opening hours in the evenings on Friday the 18th and Saturday the 19th of November from 7:00-9:00 pm

Where: Readytex Art Gallery, Steenbakkerijstraat 30, Paramaribo, Suriname

Reinier Asmoredjo believes that it is important, as a Surinamese artist, to create works with a clear Surinamese identity. That identity has indeed always been front and center in his work. Viewers of Asmoredjo’s work inevitably find themselves almost seduced by the warmth and the energy of the sun, the beauty of the Surinamese flora en fauna and the sensual allure of the Surinamese woman, portrayed so well on his canvasses.

The imagery in the collection is vibrant and colorful, recognizable, but in part also new, abstract, and at the same time also figurative. The familiar elements in the work of Asmoredjo, such as the sun, nature, flowers, fruit, birds, fish, and especially Surinamese women, are again the common thread throughout the work in his new collection. Important therein are the circles, as seen in the shape of the sun and now also as an extra visual detail at the end of the sun’s rays, and very importantly also in the rounded shapes of the female body. They symbolize fertility, the never-ending cycle of life; all the things that make the world turn around: Round & Around.

But in addition to circles, straight linear elements also play an important role in this new collection. Strong profiles with prominent lips, round breasts and derrieres are strengthened in image by elegant long stretched necklines, horizontally extended linear coiffures, and consciously applied lines and stripes. Finding the right balance between the abstract and the figurative is the challenge that Asmoredjo consciously and wholeheartedly takes on every time he sets to work. And he is usually quite successful! This is not really surprising, since each of the artist’s compositions is worked out meticulously in sketch before he even approaches the canvas. Abstract and figurative come together beautifully in a diverse and colorful collection of more than 30 paintings in various sizes. Vitality, beauty, strength and sensuality radiate from his canvasses in a typical and striking way.

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Reinier Asmoredjo, ‘Morning Breeze’, acrylic on canvas, 47x74cm / PHOTO Readytex Art Gallery, 2016

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Reinier Asmoredjo, ‘Sarong’, acrylic on canvas, 73x100cm / PHOTO Readytex Art Gallery, 2016

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Reinier Asmoredjo, ‘Fon Ksaba’, acrylic on canvas, 100x152cm / PHOTO Readytex Art Gallery, 2016

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Reinier Asmoredjo, ‘Reincarnation’, acrylic on canvas, 100x152cm / PHOTO Readytex Art Gallery, 2016

 

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‘Zwart glas’ [Black Glass], Glasmuseum, Leerdam

November 8, 2016 at 11:30 am (Coming up, Elsewhere, What's up?) (, , , , , , , , , , , )

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What:Zwart Glas, Glasmuseum (Facebook)

When: November 11, 2016-March 12, 2017. Opening November 11, 2016, 15:00-17:00 hrs

Where: Glasmuseum (Facebook), Leerdam, the Netherlands

The world of Dutch and Leerdam glass has primarily been a ‘white’ part of history for almost 250 years. With the exhibition Black Glass this statement is made:’Black Art Matters’.
For the exhibition Black Glass guest curator Melvin Anderson selected four artists with a Surinamese background. Each of these ‘black achievers’ has earned his/her spurs in his own field. Brian Coutinho works with ceramics, jewelry designs by Chequita Nahar, Marcel Pinas is a visual artist and Harvey Bouterse makes fashion and ceramics.

Especially for Black Glass these artists have transformed their unique art style to glass; a new material to most of them. This has yielded extraordinary and diverse artworks which together form a powerful exhibition.

“We all share the same roots. Caribbean artists have their own approach to the arts, so I am confident that we can offer something completely new”, said Melvin Anderson.

The exhibition Black Glass will travel to the Academic Medical Center (AMC) and CBK Zuidoost, both venues in Amsterdam, the Netherlands.

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More exhibitions by Marcel Pinas:

San Mi Abi [What do I have left], an exhibition by Marcel PinasGalerie Patries van Dorst (Facebook), Landgoed de Wittenburg 3, Wassenaar, the Netherlands, November 13-December 6, 2016 / Vernissage: November 13, 2016, 14:00-18:00 hrs

San Mi Abi 2, Beddington Art Gallery, Bargemon, France, November 16-December 31, 2016

Miami Art Fair, Smith Davidson Gallery, Miami, USA, December 1-4, 2016

“Ondes imprévues” & “Turning tide”, Memorial ACTe, Guadeloupe, November 19, 2016-April 30, 2017

La Bienal De CUENCA, Equador, February 5-April 30, 2017

The Jamaica Bienal, National Gallery of Jamaica, Kingston, Jamaica,  February 27-May 30, 2017

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‘San Mi Abi’, Marcel Pinas, Galerie Patries van Dorst

November 8, 2016 at 10:28 am (Coming up, Elsewhere, What's up?) (, , , , , )

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What: San Mi Abi [What do I have left], an exhibition by Marcel Pinas

When: November 13-December 6, 2016 / Vernissage: November 13, 2016, 14:00-18:00 hrs

Where: Galerie Patries van Dorst (Facebook), Landgoed de Wittenburg 3, Wassenaar, the Netherlands

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More exhibitions by Marcel Pinas:

Zwart Glas, Glasmuseum, Leerdam, the Netherlands, November 11, 2016-March 12, 2017

San Mi Abi 2, Beddington Art Gallery, Bargemon, France, November 16-December 31, 2016

Miami Art Fair, Smith Davidson Gallery, Miami, USA, December 1-4, 2016

“Ondes imprévues” & “Turning tide”, Memorial ACTe, Guadeloupe, November 19, 2016-April 30, 2017

La Bienal De CUENCA, Equador, February 5-April 30, 2017

The Jamaica Bienal, National Gallery of Jamaica, Kingston, Jamaica,  February 27-May 30, 2017

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Kurt Nahar participates in ‘Eleven Voices’, Deering Estate, Miami

October 22, 2016 at 4:59 pm (Elsewhere, Exposed) (, , , , )

What: Eleven Voices, curated by Rosie Gordon-Wallace of DVCAI (Diaspora Vibe Cultural Arts Incubator) (on Facebook) and Kim Yantis (The Deering Estate). Exhibited South African artists include: Nicholas Hlobo, Anton Kannemeyer, Anja Marais, Judith Mason, Claudette Schreuders, and Rowan Smith. Featured local and international artists include: Gerard Caliste, Rondell Crier, Deming King Harriman, Aaron Hill, Carol Jaime, Barry Ledoux, Groana Melendez, Rosa Naday Garmendia, Kurt Nahar, Jose Pacheco Silva, Rontherin Ratliff, Antonious Roberts, and Duhirwe Rushameza.

When: October 8 through November 26,

Where: The Deering Estate, Miami, USA

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Eleven Voices is an exhibit that aims to incite a conversation about cultural struggle, memory and identity among contemporary artists. Co-curators Rosie Gordon-Wallace (Diaspora Vibe Cultural Arts Incubator) and Kim Yantis (The Deering Estate) select works that reflect thematic inspirations from South African art and culture.

Eleven Voices features the works of emerging and renowned South African and international artists, many of which are on special loan from the collections of Diaspora Vibe (DVCAI), the Petra Mason Collection of South African Art, and Kathryn and Dan Mikesell of the Fountainhead Residency and are on view in Miami for the first time.

Exhibited South African artists include: Nicholas Hlobo, Anton Kannemeyer, Anja Marais, Judith Mason, Claudette Schreuders, and Rowan Smith. Featured local and international artists include: Gerard Caliste, Rondell Crier, Deming King Harriman, Aaron Hill, Carol Jaime, Barry Ledoux, Groana Melendez, Rosa Naday Garmendia, Kurt Nahar, Jose Pacheco Silva, Rontherin Ratliff, Antonious Roberts, and Duhirwe Rushameza.

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Installed in the Stone House Wine Cellar, “Rituals of Commemoration” by Rosa Naday Garmendia ties into the ‘Eleven Voices’ exhibit theme of cultural struggle, memory and identity by paying tribute to victims of violence from 1972 through the present. Like acclaimed South African photographer Zanele Muholi, Rosa Naday Garmendia considers herself a visual activist with intent to unify a grief-stricken community. “I seek to engage a diverse audience, by highlighting and creating a safe space for the viewer to explore, wonder, be provoked, interpret, or find purpose and meaning in the issues our nation faces.” Rosa Naday Garmendia is a Cuban-American, Miami-based multidisciplinary artist exhibiting with Diaspora Vibe Gallery. Her work was recently featured in the exhibition Intersectionality at Museum of Contemporary Art (MOCA), North Miami.

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Claudette Schreuders is a South African sculptor whose carved and painted wooden figures reflect the search for an ‘African’ identity in the post-apartheid era. Her sculpture is rooted in both Africa and Europe and she derives her inspiration from traditional Blolo and Colon figures of West Africa, medieval church sculpture, Spanish portraiture, and Egyptian woodcarving. Three lithographs on display in the Stone House second floor are on loan from the Petra Mason Collection of South African Art. Printed in a remotely located Mpumalanga, South Africa studio, Schreuders’ lithographs document her sculptures The Three Sisters. Many works in the Petra Mason Collection are available for sale during this special exhibition.

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Doro Nuyken – ‘Listen to my Colors’

October 4, 2016 at 11:13 pm (Exposed) (, , )

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What: Solo exhibition Listen to my Colors (Facebook) by Doro Nuyken

When: October 6 thru 8, 2016, 19:00-22:00 hrs

Where: De Hal, Grote Combéweg 45, Paramaribo,  +597 472 808, de.hal.dagg@gmail.comFacebook

In October we can visit Doro’s fourth solo exhibition in De Hal. Among her new work, we can also see paintings from earlier years. This exhibition will include ‘the life behind the art’ and will present a remarkable new dimension in experiencing art.

“Art is always alive.”

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‘get together 2’, 120x72cm, acrylic on canvas, 2012 / PHOTO Courtesy artist

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‘no title, 70x60cm, mixed media on canvas, 2016 / PHOTO Courtesy artist

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‘streams of color or mystical blue’, 100x100cm, mixed media on canvas, 2014 (sold) / PHOTO Courtesy artist

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‘vivus volare 2’, 90x90cm, mixed media on canvas, 2016 / PHOTO Courtesy artist

Doro Nuyken, born 1970 in Germany, moved to Suriname in 2007. Until then Doro lived for a few years in Saudi Arabia, where she took up painting again. Ever since she was a child, Doro loved to draw en paint. After starting with figurative painting she gradually moved to abstract painting. Doro is born in a creative family; both granddads were professional musicians and her mother used to draw really well.
Her first impression of Suriname was full of surprises. Coming from the polished and luxurious Saudi Arabia, Doro experienced the overwhelming nature and the sometimes raw, authentic urbanization in the urban arias. Though not capable of speaking Dutch, Doro was so pleased by the warm welcome of the Surinamese people, who were putting all the efforts of helping her out to navigate through her new environment.
Doro is an autodidact ‘pur sang’. She kept experimenting with her painting, but her work really accelerated after taking a workshop in 2011 with Christiane Middendorf. Very inspired and with growing self-confidence, Doro started to experiment with different techniques and styles. It lead to her first exhibition on the ‘Kunst- en Kijkroute’, organized by ‘Stichting Kokriki’. From that moment on, Doro participated in exhibition 2 to 3 times a year.
Almost everything can inspire Doro. Whether profound happenings in her life or in society, to seemingly very insignificant details in nature. Also little memories of youth, a smell, sound or image can inspire her. While painting Doro gets to a somewhat ‘Zen’-like state that separates her from time, place and even sometimes herself. Doro’s work is identified by different styles and techniques, but throughout her work her unique signature is recognizable. Her favorite material is pure paint and a wide variety of pigments. They can be applied in a beautiful and divers way and thus give a special feeling and effect. Beside the paint and pigments, Doro likes to experiment with raw materials, like concrete, structure paste and ink.
In October we can visit Doro’s fourth solo exhibition in De Hal. Among her new work, we can also see paintings from earlier years. This exhibition will include ‘the life behind the art’ and will present a remarkable new dimension in experiencing art. This of course will not be revealed until the 6th of October.

“Art is always alive.”

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Previous exhibitions

August 2011, Kunst- en Kijkroute, Paramaribo, Suriname

April 2012, first solo exhibition at Fort Zeelandia, Paramaribo, Suriname

November 2012, National Art Fair, Paramaribo, Suriname

March 2013, solo exhibition at Shewa Hotel, Paramaribo, Suriname

August 2013, Carifesta/National Art Fair, Paramaribo, Suriname

May 2014, solo exhibition at De Hal, Paramaribo, Suriname

July 2014, participating in Fiesta del Fuego, Santiago, Cuba, with other artists from Suriname

November 2014, National Art Fair, Paramaribo, Suriname

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Thursday-Night-Feature: Dhiradj Ramsamoedj talks about AiR in Paris, France

October 4, 2016 at 1:21 pm (Coming up, Meanwhile ..., Thursday Night Feature) (, , , , , , , )

tnf-d-1What: Thursday-Night-Feature, presentation by Dhiradj Ramsamoedj about his artist’s residency in Paris, France (Facebook Event)
When: Thursday October 06, 2016, 19:00 hrs (doors open 19:00 hrs, start presentation 19:30 hrs)
Where: Readytex Art Gallery, Steenbakkerijstraat 30, Paramaribo, Suriname

 

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The October Thursday-Night-Feature (TNF) at Readytex Art Gallery is right around the corner. Just like the previous editions of the TNF, the public has yet another interesting presentation to look forward to this time around. On this Thursday October 6th, visual artist Dhiradj Ramsamoedj will share with guests present at the gallery, all that he has done and experienced during his recent artist-in-residence (AiR) period at Cité internationale des arts (also on Facebook) in Paris, France. This extraordinary opportunity that was awarded to Ramsamoedj was made possible by the Cité internationale des arts residency, the Embassy of France and L’Alliance française in Suriname, ‘DAC de Guyane’ in French Guyana and the local support of Readytex Art Gallery. On this AiR period Ramsamoedj was able to spend three eventful and artistic months in Paris, France. In his studio he created, as specified in his project proposal, a large Anansi spider based on the textile-technique of his well-known ‘flexible man’ figures. In Paris he presented his version of the mythical eight-legged figure from Suriname’s and French Guyana’s shared African heritage, as a symbolic ambassador for cultural unity. What was also immensely gratifying to notice from his frequent messages and photo reports was how intensely the artist was enjoying and experiencing the city of Paris. The experience turned out to be much more than just a residency. It became an adventure. It also became a meaningful introduction to a city and a culture. For all the details of his Cité internationale des arts (also on Facebook) residency and his Paris-experience you simply must be present at the TNF on this Thursday October 6th to hear it all from the artist himself. With the help of photographs, videos and the Anansi spider that he created in his Paris studio, Ramsamoedj will take you back to the countless special moments he experienced in Paris. In order to give a bit of a Parisian flair to this evening, we would like to suggest that all visitors add something to their outfits that is representative of Paris or France. Please note however, this is not a requirement, just a fun suggestion. So please join us for this upcoming TNF with Dhiradj Ramsamoedj on Thursday October 6th. Readytex Art Gallery will be open on this evening from 7:00 pm until 9:00 pm, and the presentation of Dhiradj Ramsamoedj will start at 7:30 pm.

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Photo Album on Facebook.

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‘A Reflex’, exhibition by Roosje Verschoor & Isidoor Wens

September 27, 2016 at 8:38 pm (Coming up, What's Up Suriname?) (, , , , , , , , )

What: A Reflex (Facebook), art from Botopasi by Roosje Verschoor and Isidoor Wens. An exhibition about the beauty of plastic and the charm of clay
When: September 28 thru 30, 2016
Where: Stichting Surinaams Museum, Fort Zeelandia, Paramaribo
Facebook event page: http://www.facebook.com/events/1701634583486028/

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Both artists have spent seven weeks at Art Center Botopasi (ARTCEB), in the interior of Suriname. They were two completely opposite ideas in progress, which followed each other like a response. The result can be seen in Botopasi, Paramaribo, Den Bosch and Amsterdam.

Roosje was inspired by what she saw in the community and explored the aesthetics of it. Her work comments on the large number of brightly colored plastic that she saw every day on the river, in the kitchens and on the heads of the women of Botopasi. She became fascinated by the amount of color and variety. She has tried to research the status and beauty of the plastic stuff. By examining the different possibilities of plastic she got the opportunity to show similarities between the two very different worlds of Amsterdam Botopasi.

Isidoor, who is immensely annoyed by all that plastic, tries to think back, to the time that his grandmother made clay plates. In protest he does not eat or drink from plastic plates or cups. He collected different kinds of clay and made sculptures. His images are inspired by the female torso, a form that has played a major role in his work throughout his career. This form, as well as the medium itself: clay, emphasizes the naturalness. The female form represents Mother Earth, but is also a symbol of fertility.

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‘Unland’ in CBK Zuidoost until October 22

September 27, 2016 at 5:31 pm (Elsewhere, Meanwhile ...) (, , , , , , , , , , , , , )

fbf07398-eb9f-4a86-9b20-bd91cbc19fd0What: Unland (also on Facebook), a group exhibition with Simone Bennett, Quinsy Gario, Inti Hernandez, Robbert van der Horst, Nour Eddine Jarram, Jane Jin Kaisen, Vladimir Tomic & Ana Pavlovic. Curator: Sasha Dees

When: September 8-October 22, 2016. Tue-Sat: 10:00-17:00 hrs, Thu: 10:00-20:00 hrs

Where: CBK Zuidoost (also on Facebook), Anton de Komplein 120, Amsterdam, the Netherlands

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14358880_1380169555344438_5711022968769219722_n14364793_1380169218677805_359779261412639539_nUnland (also on Facebook)is the third exhibition by guest curator Sasha Dees in CBK Zuidoost. Its inspiration is her personal wonder about the (in)ability of society to reflect and evolve. How do we relate to each other while we move around the globe for different (un)compelling reasons: curiosity, economic gain, calamities, religion, war, leisure, knowledge, personal gain, etc? How sustainable, diserable and tenable is homogeneity autonomy and austerity? These are topics of ongoing discussion in the Netherlands in politics, media, on stages and in living rooms. Will we be able to look beyond our own shadow, to pursue a constructive dialogue. In Unland we see artists who continue to encourage dialogue.

With: Inti Hernandez , Jane Jin Kaisen, Nour Eddine Jarram, Quinsy Gario, Robbert van der Horst, Simone Bennett, Vladimir Tomic & Ana Pavlovic, Curator: Sasha Dees. Thanks to: Doris Salcedo, Michelle Eistrup, The Danish Arts Foundation and Galerie Ron Mandos.

Unland is dedicated to Phillips Edugivis Hernandez (30-03-1954 / 09-08-2016).

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Tembe Tori, August 2016, number 13 has arrived

August 17, 2016 at 10:34 pm (Interesting reads, What's up?, What's Up Suriname?) (, , , , , , , , )

A new issue of newsletter Tembe Tori is out! Number 13 has an udate about the artists-in-residence in Moengo, and looks at the upcoming Moengo Festival, September 23, 24 & 25, 2016! Download your pdf here: Tembe_Tori, August 2015, number 13.

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What: Moengo Festival 2016 ‘Poku fu kenki II’

When: September 23, 24 & 25, 2016

Where: Moengo, Marowijne, Suriname

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In April 2012 the first edition of Tembe Tori was published. One page, printed with black ink on both sides, with news about former mining town Moengo. During a few months Tembe Tori was distributed regularly in the Moengo community and in Paramaribo. A good way to reach the people in Moengo, a small town in the Marowijne district in Suriname, where artist Marcel Pinas has established the Kibii Foundation, the Tembe Art Studio, the Contemporary Art Museum Moengo and the Marowijne Art Park. Although Tembe Tori served its purpose well, the 9th edition just never came … Until June 2015.

Tembe Tori, number 9 is now a fact. And starting with this edition, the newsletter has four pages and is printed in full color. In addition, Tembe Tori is currently also available digitally so people anywhere in the world can read up on what’s happening in Moengo. Available in Dutch only, Tembe Tori will be published monthly until at least September when the Moengo Festival will be held for the 3d time.

Distribution points:

Tori Oso (Facebook), Frederik Derbystraat 76, Paramaribo // Zus & Zo (Facebook), Grote Combéweg 13a, Paramaribo // Readytex Art Gallery (Facebook), Steenbakkerijstraat 30, Paramaribo // Moengo Festival-kantoor (PAS-gebouw) (Facebook), Verlengde Keizerstraat 92, Paramaribo // Tembe Art Studio, Moengo
Back issues:

Tembe Tori, November 9, 2012, number 6

Tembe Tori, June 2015, number 9

Tembe Tori, July 2015, number 10

Tembe Tori, August 2015, number 11

Tembe_Tori, September 2015, number_12

Tembe_Tori, August 2015, number 13

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‘Manumission and more’: paintings by Ken Doorson

August 14, 2016 at 10:37 am (Coming up, Elsewhere) (, , , )

What:’Manumission and more’: paintings by Ken Doorson (on Facebook)

When: August 25-31, 2016. Opening hours: Tue-Fri 10:00-18.00 uur / zat & zon 11.00 – 18.00 uur

Where: Galerie 23 on Facebook), KNSM-laan 307-309, 1019 LE Amsterdam, the Netherlands, tel. +31 (0)20 620 13 21

 

The paintings by Ken Doorson (Moengo, 1978) are special, particularly because of their historical value. During archival research Doorson stumbled upon manumission letters: the official documents of the release or redemption of slaves. Doorson used these letters by attaching them to a portrait of an imaginary person.

You are welcome to join the flash presentation of the work of Ken Doorson. On Thursday, August 25th at Galerie 23 from 17:30 to 19:30 hrs an informal meeting with the artist takes place.

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Previously on the Sranan Art-blog: Colored emotions, new work by Ken Doorson.

A Dutch article about the exhibition in Afro Magazine, ‘Ken Doorson brengt zijn kleurspektakel naar Amsterdam’ by Marion Poll can be found here.

A YouTube-vdeo about Ken Doorson can be found here.

 

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